Ah, the world of reverse gender cosplay… where ordinary people turn into extraordinary heroes and villains of the opposite gender. Cosplay is short for ‘costume and play’, a growing phenomenon thanks to social media. The word cosplay was conceived in 1983 where Nobuyuki Takahashi was impressed by fans wearing costumes at the 1983 World Science Fiction Convention.
People who don’t want to end up with a poor recreation of your favorite characters should be prepared to spend money or skill and time. This is why the quality of costumes varies from basic barely recognizable clothing to astonishing outfits worth hundreds of dollars. Not to mention the fact that it takes a little courage to walk around dressed as your favorite (or look-a-like) hero, even while masked. And with reverse gender cosplay (also known as gender-bender cosplay) a little creativity comes into play.
Be warned that this gallery is slightly nsfw.
Bilbo Baggins – The Hobbit / Lord of the Rings
Loki – Thor, Marvel Comics
Deadpool – Marvel Comics
Scorpion – Mortal Kombat
Pyramid Head – Silent Hill
Majin Buu – Dragonball Z
Two-Face – Batman
Morrigan – Dragon Age
Ash & Misty – Pokémon
In anime the genders have often been a little blurry, with lots of male characters appearing to be very feminine. Take Deidara of the Naruto series being mistaken for a girl, or James of Team Rocket looking very similar to Jessie. All these cosplayers simply took it one step further, while showing love for their passion.